TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) -- Acting State Finance Director Bill Newton says he's making it a priority to find a way to reopen the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia.
Newton was recently appointed to the hall of fame's board, and he toured it for the first time Friday. He called it a valuable asset for the state. Reports say that the state needs to do whatever it takes to get it reopened even though state money is tight.
The hall of fame has been largely closed since December because of financial problems. It used to receive state funding, but it and some other tourist attractions were cut from the state General Fund budget in 2012 because of money shortages.